Tuning and Regulation -
When a new or used piano is delivered, it will require some time to acclimate properly to the temperature and humidity in your home. During the first year, it is recommended to tune the instrument 3 to 4 times, essentially each season change. Along with tuning, the regulation should be checked and adjusted as needed. This schedule will enable the piano to stay in tune longer. After the first year, 2 tunings a year and 1 regulation are recommend.
Regulation is necessary as over time the pianos geometry changes, springs relax, felts compress and wear on action components. Regulation optimizes the feel and touch of your piano.
Proper Location For Pianos -
The proper location for your piano is very important. Environmental conditions affect tone, tuning and the finish. It is mostly recommend placing your piano on or near an inside wall. Placing your piano near or on a outside wall that is not well insulated can subject it to extreme temperature and humidity changes. Do not place your piano neat a heat source, such as a heat and air register, fireplace or radiator. Keep your piano away from a window or doorway that will be opened often to the outside. This will prevent sudden temperature change. Avoid direct sunlight to wood finished pianos as this can cause a "bleaching" effect and fade the finish.
Temperature and Humidity -
It is suggested you maintain your temperature between 60 & 80 degrees, and the humidity between 40 to 60 percent. During dry winters a room humidifier may be sufficient to add proper moisture to raise the humidity level, whole house humidifiers may be required and are often not that much more expensive.
Try and avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity. These types changes will affect the moisture content of all the wooden parts, causing them to shrink or swell. This can cause the finish to chip or crack, the string tension to change, sluggish key and action parts.
Services, Voicing and Regulation -
Voicing is the adjustment of a piano's tone or quality of sound. Tone can be changed without affecting the pitch. A skilled piano technician can voice a piano to change its tonal character from mellow to bright depending upon the taste of the performer.
The degree of change possible depends upon the piano's overall quality and condition. Older instruments with a lot of playing tend to be bright as the hammer striking the string has compacted the felt over this period of time. Also if your piano is new and you would like a brighter tone
that can be assessed and taken care of as well. It's important to relay your thoughts and taste to the technician to achive the end goal.
Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical parts of your piano to compensate for wear, and the compaciton of cloth, felt, and buckskin. Changes dimensions in the wood and wool due to changes in humidity effect the feel and playability of the piano. Repetion springs relax with time, oxidation on capstains and rail pins can make an action feel slugish.
Again the goal of the technician is to provide you with a satisfactory experience when regulation your action. We need and appreciate your input.